SEMA’s councils and networks have announced the dates and locations of their 2016 SEMA Show events.
The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) installed two new industry members onto its select committee at the 2016 SEMA Installation and Banquet. The council also welcomed back three incumbents to serve their second terms with the select committee. These elected individuals will serve during the 2016–2018 term and will play a crucial role in moving the council toward its initiatives to better the restyling industry.
Vehicle accessorization is big business, generating $36-billion annually in direct retail sales. Studies show that 70 percent of accessories are sold to new-vehicle buyers within 30 days of vehicle purchase. But dealers only capture 13 percent of those accessory sales. That leaves a lot of money on the table.
How do you keep that business at your dealership? Put pizzazz in the showroom that shoppers can’t resist. Easy styling solutions to boost inventory turns and pump up profits. Listen and learn as industry experts share their knowledge and insights into how accessorizing can help grow your business and your bottom line.
This educational session will take place on Tuesday, November 1, from 10:15am-11:00am, in room N252.
The Professional Restylers Organization will be hosting its annual industry awards reception at the 2016 SEMA Show. This will be the premier networking opportunity for restyling professionals at the show. Enjoy a bite to eat and drink while catching up with old friends and mingling with the council leadership. The council will be holding an awards ceremony to honor influential leaders in the restyling industry.
The reception will be held on Tuesday, November 1, from 5:30pm-7:30pm, on the pool deck of the Westgate Hotel.
Pre-register now to skip the line.
Through the PRO Sales Training Manual, revised and reintroduced in 2015, the council continues to provide tools to improve business practices and procedures. PRO’s most recent initiative, the development of the SEMA Salesperson Competency Certificate, is based on the sales manual. By measuring a salesperson’s knowledge, the certificate builds a more professional industry, enhances the industry’s image and conveys a company’s—and an individual’s—commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. This session shows what it takes to create a successful dealer outreach and builds an understanding of the certificate program, thereby delivering practical tips and ideas attendees can put to use immediately in their company.
This educational session will take place on Wednesday, November 2, from 2:15pm-3:15pm, in room N256.
The Professional Restylers Organization will have a booth at the 2016 SEMA Show. The booth will serve as a destination point for PRO members to learn about the latest council initiatives and network.
PRO is hosting a happy hour in their booth #12579 in North Hall. This is a great opportunity to take a mid-week break and mingle with motivated restyling buyers and exhibitors. Get to know the PRO Select Committee and dozens of PRO members will be on hand to share what the council has to offer and to discuss opportunities to get more involved.
Happy Hour will take place in the PRO booth #12579 in North Hall on Wednesday, November 2, from 4:00pm- 5:00pm.
The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) is hosting a General Membership Meeting on June 15 in the nation’s car capital: Detroit, Michigan. The meeting will be held at the Detroit Metro Airport Marriot and serves as an opportunity for council members to address restyling industry challenges, trends and weigh in on the needs of its member companies. Employees of PRO-member companies are encouraged to attend to gain insight into council initiatives, and network with industry friends, select committee members and SEMA staff.
Connected and automated vehicle technologies, advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS), and other mobility options will significantly improve safety. The aftermarket industry is playing an increasingly important role in retrofitting and installing many of these systems and technologies on the 250-million vehicles already on U.S. roads. Listen and learn as a panel of experts discusses how advanced-vehicle technology is transforming the automotive and aftermarket industries, and explores the challenges and opportunities posed by evolving vehicle technologies and mobility options.
This educational session will take place on Thursday, November 3, from 11:00am-12:00pm, in room N256.
In this session, three leading restylers with more than 60 years of combined industry experience will share their ideas and strategies—and invite audience participation—on essential discussion topics. Key among them: recruiting and managing technicians, managing and training sales staff, running a retail versus wholesale operation, promoting a company’s image, heightening the level of professionalism in the industry, managing the bottom line, advertising, promotions, finding the ideal work environment, and being involved in SEMA and PRO.
This educational session will take place on Friday, November 4, from 10:00am-11:00am, in room N254.
Twenty-five builders have committed to creating a custom pinewood car to be raced in the HRIA Builder’s Challenge taking place at the NSRA Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.